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Black Stupa (That Dam), Vientiane

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Legend has it that Black Stupa (That Dam) contains a dormant, seven-headed serpent, who guarded the city against the Siamese invasion in the 19th century. Located at the center of a roundabout, the monument is believed to have been built in the 16th century, and was once plated in gold before looters took its precious exterior, leaving it with the bare brick you see today. Stop by for a look at the stupa on your way to one of the nearby restaurants and bars. For Black Stupa (That Dam) and beyond, use our Vientiane family vacation planner to get the most from your Vientiane vacation.
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  • It is very simple. Isn't there something in particular. I felt almost no tourists, and also happens to be found in the middle of the street, the bantering.
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  • The That Dam or Black Stupa is just a stone throw away from the Xaysomboun Boutique Hotel, which I was staying during my recent trip to Vientiane. It is located on a small roundabout near to the old U...  more »
  • Stupa looks old, but apparently was reconstructed in the 70's. We walked past this Stupa walking from our hotel into town center. It is in middle of a small round (not much traffic) about with crab gr...  more »
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  • Also called the Black Stupa, it's a quick visit, not too much to see. Supposedly was once covered in gold leaf like That Luang.
  • That Dam means "black Stupa" (That is Stupa, Dam is black).
  • It is interesting and old but could do with a little bit more info so its' significance can be understood a little better by tourists.
  • Heard it was covered over a lake...the monument was possible built by the France ppl...
  • Beautiful and lot of attraction places and restaurant